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Power outages caused by car crash, transformer problem



Published: Fri, May 9, 2008 @ 2:19 p.m.

Ohio Edison customers in parts of Youngstown, Girard and Boardman lost power this afternoon because of two separate incidents.

About 6,365 people in Boardman and Youngstown lost power about 12:40 p.m. because of a transformer problem at the Boardman substation, said Paul Harkey, Mahoning County area manager for the utility company.

It affected the business corridor of U.S. Route 224, causing some traffic snarls as traffic signals went out. Residents in the north part of the township and South Side of Youngstown also were affected.

About 10 minutes later, 3,579 of the those customers had their power restored. Power was restored to the remaining customers by 1:34 p.m.

The cause is under investigation.

About 12:39 p.m., a car struck a pole at Belmont Avenue and Gypsy Lane caused about 1,820 customers on Youngstown’s West and East sides and part of Girard to lose power, Harkey said.

Power was restored to all those customers by 1:31 p.m.


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